Continuity of presidency in place after Trump exams constructive for Covid
Pelosi, 80, who’s second in line to imagine the duties of the presidency, stated on MSNBC that “out of an abundance of warning” she was examined for the virus Friday morning, however has but to obtain her outcomes.
She stated she had not been contacted by the White Home in regards to the topic of succession.
Trump, 74, introduced on Twitter after midnight that he and first girl Melania Trump have examined constructive for Covid-19. The president is experiencing “delicate signs” of the virus, NBC Information reported, citing a White Home official.
Vice President Mike Pence, who’s first in line, examined damaging Friday morning, his spokesman stated.
When requested on MSNBC if the White Home had reached out to her concerning the continuity of presidency, Pelosi, D-Calif., stated, “No, they have not.”
“However that’s an ongoing, not with the White Home however with the army, fairly frankly, by way of the — some officers within the authorities,” she stated.
“Allow us to simply all pray for the president’s well being — thank God the vice chairman has examined negatively and the second girl, as nicely,” Pelosi added. “So once more, that continuity of presidency is at all times in place.”
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for touch upon Pelosi’s remarks.
Requested in regards to the president’s prognosis, Pelosi supplied her sympathies — but additionally steered Trump’s angle towards the virus might be instructive.
“All of us obtained that information with nice disappointment. I at all times pray for the president and his household that they are secure,” Pelosi stated. “That is tragic, it’s totally unhappy. Nevertheless it is also one thing that, once more, going into crowds, unmasked, and all the remainder, was form of a brazen invitation for one thing like this to occur.”
Pelosi seemed to be referring to Trump’s determination to renew holding his signature marketing campaign rallies within the run-up to the Nov. 3 presidential election. The occasions often collect packed crowds of Trump supporters, lots of whom don’t put on masks or different protecting tools.
Pelosi stated that whereas she is gloomy to listen to of the president’s prognosis, she is nonetheless “hopeful that will probably be a transition to a saner strategy to what this virus is all about.”
Greater than 7.2 million folks within the U.S. have been contaminated by the coronavirus and greater than 207,000 folks have died, in keeping with a tally from Johns Hopkins College.